It’s now official: Cheech & Chong hold the record for appearing on the most covers in HIGH TIMES’ history. Up until now, they’d been tied with Bob Marley and Willie Nelson. Obviously, only ultra-superstar stoners of the highest magnitude could possibly expect to make the cover five times!
I'm going to be a judge at this year’s Cannabis Cup. Will there be an issue reviewing the 2009 Cup, or has it already come out? Likewise, will there be an issue promoting the 2010 Cup? Scott Our April issue reviews the '09 Cup. And look for our 2010 Cup preview on newsstands in midSeptember.
Through our research, we've determined that the LA Woman is sweet and strong. Plus she's quick to veg. LA Woman is also frosty. And it's not unusual for those who encounter her to beg for more. What? You thought we were talking about the young lady in the photo?
On February 1, the president hosted a forum on Youlube. Online participants pre-submitted questions, and the most popuLar ones were then voted on. As in previous online events, questions about marijuana legalization dominated the field.
As the brave new world of medical marijuana emerges, there's stiU plenty of room for paranoia. When local authorities in California contacted the growers responsible for this harvest and informed them they'd be dropping by to inspect their operation, things immediately went to DEFCON 1. They galloped to their drying shed, pulled down the buds and threw them in their horse trailer, which became an in stant stash house.
Actor Topher Grace, who starred in That `70s Show, says the first time he got high was the result of ingesting a THC "breath strip," an item commonly available at California medical-marijuana dispensaries. As a guest on Lopez Tonight, Grace revealed that he swallowed an entire strip instead of just half while attending a Hollywood party.
At the Oscars, Woody Harrelson was up for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Messenger. Woody, whose support for cannabis is well known, chose to wear a Burberry custom-tailored black tuxedo made of hemp. When the show began, co-hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin took good-natured shots at the nominees.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that people age 50 and older are turning to pot more frequently. most dramaticalLy among 55to 59-year-olds. whose reported use more than tripled (from 1.6 percent in 2002 to 5.1 percent in 2008).
Last year, US Attorney General Eric Holder declared that the Feds would no longer pursue cases against medical-marijuana patients and dispensaries in the 14 states where medical marijuana has been legalized. The move was widely hailed as a departure from the usual Drug War tactics.
If you’re looking for good medicine at a fair price, check out Cannexx, the new app powered by HIGH TIMES. Cannexx is a medical-cannabis index that users install on their iPhone. Instead of driving all over the state in search of a favorite strain, users pre-shop on their iPhone, then get directions.
Sandy Moriarty provides top-qualty medical edibles to the Golden State.
Sandy Moriarty, a lifelong Northern Californian, started cooking with cannabis back in the 1970s. At first, she tried "to perfect edibles for taste.” But as she progressed, she says, "I wanted as and as clean a product with the greatest potency possible.
Roughly 3.3 million Americans are allergic to nuts, and about 150 of them die from allergy-related causes every year. In fact, nut allergies are among the most common and most severe: Sufferers are forced to carefully navigate restaurant menus and grocery aisles, checking lists of ingredients, because they run the risk of a hospital visit—and, in some extreme cases, death—from ingesting even trace amounts of an allergen.
Use a stockpot that might be used to cook a roast. Add one pound of Grade AA butter to four ounces of high-grade ganja. (One pound produces the highest potency, with a smaller yield. Three pounds produces a higher yield but a diluted potency—obviously.) Next, simmer the butter/pot mix for three to four hours.
In early February, a medicalmarijuana patient from San Francisco named Kinman Chan was charged with interfering with a flight attendant's duties and now faces up to 20 years in federal prison. Chan blamed his behavior on an accidental “double dose” of cannabis cookies that he ate in Philadelphia prior to boarding a cross-country flight to Los Angeles.
Since 9/11, the government has tried to link pot with terrorism. But the change are ludicrous on their face-the gasp in the failing war on cannabis.
In this month’s HIGH TIMES Interview, retired Orange County (CA) Superior Court Judge James P. Gray, one of the most credible opponents of the War on Drugs, declares: "Drug prohibition is the golden goose of terrorism.” Indeed, mainstreammedia reports are filled with stories linking hard drugs and terrorism, such as the heroin production overseen by the Taliban, the former ruling body of Afghanistan, which harbored Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks.
Trans-High Market Quotations (THMQ) reports pot prices by the ounce, strain and location. To submit prices, go to the THMQ link at hightimes.com. CURRENT US PRICE INDEX: $373 (last month: $334; YTD: $360) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ):
The musical traditions of Southern USA have spawned everything from Johnny Cash to the Allman Brothers, encompassing country-western, blues, folk and rock... but what about metal? Sure, most metaiheads think of the East and West Coasts first before they go south of the Mason-Dixon line-and yet the 21st century has seen a burgeoning subgenre of metal hands from Dixie, often called "Southern Sludge.
Hip-hop producer EIJ Alizay is putting our nation's capital on the map.
`I used to be a sneakerhead, but sneakers are expensive and weed is expensive, so one had to go!'
When Washington, DC's DJ Alizay was about 22, he found out that he still had a Lot to Learn about smoking, thanks to a hometown NBA player who was working on becoming a rapper, but who had already mastered the art of the blunt. "He rolled real big blunts" laughs Alizay now.
`I told them to be in the band, they had to smoke,' Nigro half-jokes during the photo shoot.
It’s ironic that the very person who talked his bandmates into smoking pot is now As Tall as Lions' sole abstainer. But that didn’t stop singer/guitarist Dan Nigro from suggesting that we feature the Long Island quintet in the pages of HIGH TIMES.
Birth of a Psychedelic Culture Ram Dass and Ralph Metzner, with Gary Bravo (Synergetic Press) The Harvard Psychedelic Club Don Lattin (HarperOne) It’s a sublime coincidence that the Harvard Psilocybin Project began in 1960. Not only was that year the chronological beginning of the sixties, but the Project made it the spiritual—and spirited—kick-off to a truly visionary decade.
HIGH TIMES UNSIGNED BAND OF THE MONTH KICKIN' BEAR
Kickin' Bear is a roots-rock band living and gigging in Philadelphia. The band was formed three years ago in the South Jersey beach community of Ocean City by longtime friends Rob Swift, Chris Ingram, Wayne Gallagher and Tom Williamson, who have been playing music together since childhood.
Meet NeverXhale—-a soldier turned sculptor who gives new meaning to the term "heavy metal."
Normally, if I said I was a fan of a heavy metal artist, you’d naturally assume I was referring to a hard rock band. And normally, you’d be right. But in this case, I’m using the term literally. Hailing from northwestern Pennsylvania, 28year-old Jason Freyer spent his teenage years like most other metalhead kids—skating, smoking weed, playing guitar, and slamming around the moshpits of favorite bands like Pantera, Sepultura and Slayer.
A pot bust evokes eerie memories 40 years after the Kent State massacre.
In my book, Magic Mushrooms and Other Highs: From Toad Slime to Ecstasy, Freddy Berthoff described his mescaline trip at a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young concert in the summer of 1970, when he was 15. “Earlier that spring," he wrote, "the helmeted, rifle-toting National Guard came up over the rise during a peace-in-Vietnam rally at Kent State University.
The Colorado cannabis industry continues to grow, even as law enforcement, with the acquiescence of politicians, tries to roll it back. Fortunately, residents are rallying to protect the rights they've fought for and the progress they've madeand all the while, the gardens of the Rocky Mountain state only get greener.
THE REVERIE GARDEN
THE GREENTHUMBS' CABIN
You can smell spring in the air. Even though seven inches of wet snow fell in the higher elevations last night, there's still that fresh, expectant scent drifting out of Colorado's mountain meadows, made even more pungent by the warming sun.
HIGH TIMES' West Coast labs weigh in on the pros and cons of growing up.
WHY GROW UP?
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR WITH VERTICAL GROWS
HOW HARD IS IT TO SWAP YOUR SPECTRUM?
SOLVING THE BULB-TO-CANOPY PROBLEM
DOES MORE ROOT VOLUME MEAN HIGHER YIELDS?
TRANSPLANTING INTO VERTICAL GROW SYSTEMS
TRANSPLANTING IN VERTICAL GROWS
VEGETATING PLANTS IN VERTICAL SYSTEMS
MORE PROS & CONS
THE JURY IS STILL OUT
In science, it’s the job of the theorist to challenge conventional wisdom by proposing controversial new ideas. These new ideas are subsequently productized by entrepreneurs and tested by consumers. Whether it’s courage or stupidity that drives them, those few consumers who are the first to adopt these new technologies must in turn provide feedback in order to close the loop.
Two years ago, Cheech & Chong brought joy to the stoner world when they reunited as a comedy team and blazed across North America in the "Hey, What's That Smell?" tour—proving that Legends who get high never die! Now they're on the road again with "Get It Legal," a brand-new tour whose aim is pretty obvious.
Danny Danko tracks down the legendary and reclusive “grower to the stars,” for a revealing look at what it takes to create some of the most stinky and potent pot in the world for a well-heeled cannabis clientele of marijuana aficionados and medical users.
Origins of Chemdog
New Chem Strains
Mass Purple Kush
Legend has it that 13 seeds found in the bottom of a two ounce baggie of "Chemdog" bought on a Dead tour almost 20 years ago spawned the extraordinary line of cannabis genetics known as the Chemdog family. These powerful and odorous classic strains—Chem D, Chemdog Sister, Super Snowdog and Chem 91 —are now known to ganja farmers and connoisseurs around the world as the cream of the crop.
All across this great nation, disabled veterans of all ages and eras are being abandoned and persecuted by our government for choosing to use the only medicine that truly alleviates their suffering from chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder—marijuana.
America is a country at war—not just with terrorists, but with ourselves. In the midst of all our government’s partisan posturing, there's one issue that supposedly unites Republicans and Democrats alike: supporting our troops. But medals and parades, however noble the sentiment, aren't what our wounded men and women in uniform really need; what they need is compassion and proper treatment for the agonies and injuries they brought back with them.
In order to understand why so many people—especially our veterans, dating back to the Vietnam era—have found marijuana beneficial for dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we must first understand the endocannabinoid system (a term that refers to the cannabis-like compounds produced by the body—literally, "cannabinoids from within").
The HIGH TIMES Interview with Judge James P. Gray.
It’s not every day that you find a conservative judge from the most conservative pocket of California advocating the legalization of all drugs-not just marijuana But then, Judge James P. Gray isn't anyone’s idea of an everyday judge. The son of a US Army veteran, Gray was born in 1945, making him one of the original baby boomers.
Take a closer Look into my tittle world of trichomes,where I can get lost for daze.—Blake the Snake This is the Grape Krush bred by Dj Short. Very tasty with an amazing cure and 100% organic!—Swiftmud Purple Kush (Oaksterdam variety) from my last harvest.
Welcome to our mini-section devoted wholly to medicinal strains, news, uses, developments, activism, politics... everything and anything, really, that is medically related to marijuana. This is your Cannabis Clinic!
Garden State: New Jersey Joins Ranks
MEDICINAL STRAIN OF THE MONTH
The Domino Effect
In a bit of a surprise, New Jersey actually managed to pass legislation that makes it the 15th state to ensure some form of access to medical marijuana. Not that we didn't have faith in the Garden State— especially after the introduction of the bill last year—but New Jersey didn't exactly fit the profile of northeastern states most likely to join the ranks of others (such as Vermont and Maine) that have already enacted medical-marijuana laws.
Grandma Dank’s S’mores Cupcakes are so good, they’ll make your eyes roll back just a little and a shudder of pleasure run through your body as the decadence unfolds like satin on your tongue. I’d pit them against the creations of Maurice, my favorite French pastry chef, any day, and they’ll easily hold their own in the category of oh my God, that’s rich.
Join us at the 39th Annual NORML Conference this September 10 to 12 in Portland, OR.
Allen St. Pierre
If you’ve never been to Portland and have always wanted to attend America’s oldest and largest procannabis conference, this is the year! From September 10 to 12, the city some residents fondly call “Potland" will host the 39th Annual NDRML National Conference, our giant yearly gathering that always features the best cannabis-related speakers, activists, health and legal experts, panel discussions and social events.
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I get emails every week from eager young people asking the same question: "What can I do to help NORML legalize marijuana?" And my response is the same each time: "What can you do?" Because if you have a talent, NORML can find a way to make it benefit our mission.
One minute, I hear that marijuana makes schizophrenics worse; the next minute, I hear that it makes them better! Will you science guys please make up your minds? Paul Dohl Hi Paul, It does get confusing.
Drawing parallels between the 1970 Rent State shootings and the War on Drugs.
For the past 40 years, the Kent State community has been living with the shadow of events on May 4,1970, when the State of Ohio decided to wage war on its own people, and four students died at the hands of the National Guard during a Vietnam War protest on campus.
A busy bud breeder and member of the HIGH TIMES Seed Bank Hall of Fame reveals his process for creating a weed strain from start to finish. Watch as he goes nuclear to create a new marijuana variety that's truly `the bomb.'
STOP THAT TRAIN
Old-timers have always revered the original Trainwreck and, growing up, we all heard stories of this long-lost epic weed strain. The first time I actually got to sample any, I was on a trip from Arizona to Humboldt County to visit a friend. The weed scene in Prescott was horrible, and we were used to smoking dirt weed half the time, so I’ll always remember how the quality of weed got better and better as I traveled further north.
Metal pipes typicatly warm up quickly, making them hard to handle during serious smoke sessions. The Model 419 uses an innov ative technique—cooling fins on the bowl that absorb and dissipate heat—to keep not only the pipe itself cool, but the smoke as well. These 100% hand-polished and corrosion-resistant stainless-steel pipes also use a micron filter to remove particles from the smoke, making for a purer blazing experience. Plus they're durable, portable, and easy to clean—and made in the USA. Price: $99.95 Contact: MetatCuts LLC, Modet4l9.com
Cautious indoor growers know the importance of lining the walls and ceiling of their grow space with a thermal ref tectornot only to reduce energy costs and discourage algae and mold, but also to prevent any heat leaks being spotted from above. That's why we're pleased to report that the Easy Grow FoiLs line from the UK is now available in the US and Canada. These highquality foils come in two different grades, "Eco" and "Lightite" (with the latter recommended for professional grow ops). Both versions come in either a high-polish silver/white finish or the more popular "diamond" diffusion/white range, which spreads the lumens a bit better and helps eliminate hotspots. Price: $30 to $165 per roll (33and 100-foot rolls), depending on the grade Contact: Easy Grow, 866-913-4769, easy-grow.co.uk
Carrying your rolling papers around has always meant losing a few sheets from each pack due to damage—until now. The ingenious folks at Rolling Supreme have installed a tiny magnet in their Elements rolling-paper packs to keep the lid closed at all times so that none of the sheets gets torn and wasted. Plus, using a simple sugar gum to seal the deal means these ultra-thin rice papers burn with very little ash for clean hit after hit of pure flavor. And the unique watermark ensures that joints burn evenly and smoothly, allowing the true taste of your cannabis to emerge and be savored. Price: Various Contact: Rolling Supreme, rollingsupreme.com
You've seen them before, but they've never been this affordable! A must-have for every stoner, the Hazemaker is a unique and practical sifter box that's per fect for rolling joints, storing buds and collecting the ever-potent kief from your favorite herb! These handmade boxes are constructed from durable and ecofriendly Rubberwood with a linseed-oil finish. The Hazemaker utilizes a stack able design, easy-to-clean steel wire mesh screens, and a black glass bottom for easy collection of those precious trichomes! Plus, they come in four different sizes and include a plastic scraping tool for the screen section. (You'll need a razor to scrape the glass bottom.) If you're still without one of these boxes for your smoking room, now's the perfect time to get one! Price: $45 (small), $60 (medium), $75 (large), $125 (jumbo) Contact: Hazemaker Pollen Sifter, 832-878-2918, Hazemaker.com
William Dekle is doing life without parole for flying planeloads of marijuana into the United States during the 70s and ’80s.
Having spent his early years growing up on a farm in Union County in the north of Florida, William Dekle, a.k.a. "Gringo Billy," dreamed of being a cowboy like Rowdy Yates, Clint Eastwood's character in the early-'60s TV show Rawhide. His career path changed when he was 16, after he took a bus down to Miami to visit his cousin Reggie.
Hello, Danny! I have an 8' x 8' setup that I plan on lighting with four Hydrofarm T5 fluorescent lights. These lights are 432 watts and 40,000 lumens each, and I plan to grow 24 plants in my space. I’ve had success with these lights in closet grows in the past, but I'm wondering if they'll work in this larger room.
The world's stoniest hip-hop trio is back with a bong! B-Real, Sen Dog and DJ Muggs return after a long hiatus to bestow more of those evergreen stoner anthems that we all know and love. HIGH TIMES travels to their home turf in Los Angeles for an exclusive smoking session.